I’ve been itching for months to post the work of Manhattan-based designer and artist Jason Freeny who creates delightfully morbid dissections of toys and other pop culture characters. His most recent creation is this triptych of three 18″ tall lego men who have been surgically “cut” to reveal their mysterious, Lego anatomy. Freeny acquires actual 18″ novelty toys sold by Lego and then creates the organs and bones using sculpted foam. You can see dozens of photos from the creation of these pieces on Facebook, and check out an interview with him over on Street Anatomy. (via the fox is black)
I just stumbled onto this expertly crafted series of birds found in Britain by Thomas Poulsom. His use of color and perfect selection of bricks really bring these animals to life. You can see the entire series of six birds here, and apparently there are many more to come. (via lustik)
Update: Thomas mentions that if enough people vote for his designs, they might become actual sets.
I am in awe of these fantastic LEGO sculptures by Bruce Lowell, who frequently models his miniature creations off actual household objects and foods. From a killer KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to simple paint roller everything you see is tiny LEGO bricks. I can’t imagine the amount of time it takes to determine if the needed pieces even exist, let alone putting them all together. Too much fun.
A few weeks ago Brooklyn-based designer David Cole quietly released a miniature taxidermy LEGO deer in his online shop. The deer was a custom design using random bricks sourced from numerous suppliers around the internet and was a natural extension of other pixelated art he had been experimenting with. Cole forward the link to a few design blogs and the response was swift and viral, selling 250 of the kits almost immediately and amassing a waiting list of nearly 1,500 people (I included the kit in my design blogger wishlist on the very fine Curbly.com a few weeks ago). The success was so great it piqued the interest of the New York Times who just today interviewed Cole about his custom LEGO designs. As of this moment the deer is once again back in stock and he’s added a lovely fox and bear to the lineup.
A towering letter ‘T’ for T Magazine’s winter travel edition by Lego artist Sachiko Akinaga inspired by Central Park. The piece took eleven days to complete, with several 16-hour nonstop shifts. (via notcot)
Lego artist Mike Doyle creates these incredible Victorian mansions using no foreign materials, just pure tiny plastic bricks. The latest work on top, Victorian on Mud Heap, uses nearly 130,000 pieces and took 600 hours to complete. He says of the piece:
For me, this piece speaks to the inherent unpredictability of those things which we call our foundation. Like a little dollhouse, a seemingly secure home is plucked up and set on a new path. This charming home, lovingly embellished with ornamental fancy was no match for nature. The fancy embellishments serve as a reminder of our earlier focus on the material world, while the aftermath removes us from that focus. The piece offers no answers or necessarily any hope, but rather points to life’s fragility.
See more of Mike’s work in his Flickr stream. (via make)
I first wrote about Italian photographer and digital artist Albert Seveso late last year when he published a series of his first ink photographs called Disastro Ecologico. His latest project involves little LEGO guys surfing waves of delicately rolling blue ink. It’s hard to believe these are even real. See the full series entitled Ink Riders.
A realistic looking black cassette tape constructed entirely from LEGO by Nathan Proudlove. Amazing. (via lego diem)